Hiper Osiris HTC-1K514 ReviewRHKCommander959 - November 12, 2008
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Once inside you will see that the entire case minus the motherboard panel is painted black. Etched into the motherboard panel are instructions on where to install the standoffs for certain types of motherboards – it is a very concise guide. Installing the motherboard standoffs is the only job in the entire case that I suggest using a tool, other than installing the motherboard – which could also be installed with the thumbscrews if you so choose. There are five external 5.25” drive bays, two of which include a switch for installing optical drives stealthily behind the faceplates. Also included is a module that converts an external 5.25” bay into a 3.5” bay for floppy drives or other such-sized drives. Inside, the hard drive bay can hold up to four 3.5” hard drives.
From the side panel without a window, the drives can be installed completely, and the four Velcro wire wraps can be utilized to help hide wires. The case has seven expansion slots and four vented slot covers to help keep video cards cool – especially in an SLI/Crossfire configuration.
Each fan has its own grill, there are two mesh grills for the top and bottom fan holes, a plastic filter for the bottom fan, the rear fan grill is the case, and the front fan on the hard drive bay uses a black grill. The fans use 0.33A and are not silent, but fairly quiet. All of the wires from the front panel are a standard fare- USB, switches, LEDs, but also three different connections for the front audio and an eSATA cord.
Here are the mounting mechanisms and latches that hold the panel onto the case - the spring loaded mechanism clasps the lip of the case while the latch locks onto the opposite-sides lip. This design requires no screws, but means that the case cannot be locked either.
Both the 3.5” module and the hard drive bay are hidden in internal 5.25" drive bays, and both also utilize rubber to help silence any drives installed within – the module uses three grommets while the bay uses strips of rubber. They are tool free and use thumbscrews to secure any devices installed. The fan that cools the hard drives also is the only fan to pull in fresh air; the other two are installed to pull air out of the system – since the fans are the same, although unlikely, a small negative pressure effect may occur within the case, starving the two fans trying to pull air.